Refrigerator Redoux!

In my ideal, organized world, the refrigerator is diligently cleaned out every Monday because Tuesday is trash day.  It’s clean and shiny and free of outdated papers on the front and science projects on the inside.  Doesn’t that sound nice?   However, I am usually tossing the science experiments into the trash on Tuesday as I hear the trash truck go roaring down the road. Take a look inside the reality of our refrigerator:

Inside the refrigerator

There might be something yummy in there but who could find it?

unorganized refrigerator inside

Close up of the mess!

Unorganized refrigerator door

There’s no closing the door on this disorganization.

There had to be a better way!  So yesterday, I took on the task of organizing my refrigerator. Although the plan was simply to organize, I did go ahead and take the time to wash the shelves as I went.  It turns out our refrigerator comes apart for cleaning and the shelves are adjustable!  I did have an extra piece once I put the refrigerator back together.  

Extra refrigerator piece

Oops!

I also applied this nifty trick  found on Pinterest without the same lovely results but hey, when I open the refrigerator, I’m looking at the food not the decor!  I’ve seen lots of pictures of organized refrigerators with the clear bins marked with labels but I knew myself (and my family) well enough to know that would probably work for perhaps a day before disorganization took over again.  I wanted something with more visual impact but also something that would make getting the food in and out easier.  I purchased the green container at Dollar Tree for a different purpose that didn’t pan out but it found a new home in the refrigerator:

It now holds all our most used condiments and we can simply grab it as needed.

 I found a 3 pack of open white stacking bins at Walmart for about  five dollars and they served my purposes well:

Organization in progress!

I was able to fit all our flour and sugar in this one and slide it to the back!

Close up of Wal-Mart Bin

The sugar/flour bin is now behind the one holding the strawberries.

Organized refrigerator

The third bin will hold string cheese and deli items

The door wasn’t hard to organize once I figured out the inside.  It was simply a matter of grouping like items (note to self:  Do NOT open any more BBQ sauce!).   I took these pictures this morning (in the course of my project, we ran out of milk, left the open butter out too long, and my husband purchased a 2 liter of soda for his lunches):Organized refrigerator door

organized refrigerator

Completed project! I’m hoping it holds up to a grocery store trip. I’ll keep you posted!

What if any systems do you use for keeping your refrigerator organized?

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6 thoughts on “Refrigerator Redoux!

  1. Patty@homemakersdaily.com

    I love the condiment caddy. I’ve been thinking about doing something like that.

    I do have a container that holds all the fresh vegetables. My husband makes salads almost every day so he pulls that container out and it has everything in it that he needs. Same idea as your condiment caddy.

    It’s all about making it as easy as possible, especially first thing in the morning!!!
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    1. Jean Post author

      That’s a great idea for a container for the fresh vegetables. That’s kind of what I was going for by putting the produce bin up and out of the drawer. Of course, I need to take it to the next step and prepare it all so the kids can just grab it!

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